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1 Houston to Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Our Sun cruise was our second this year so it is difficult not to make comparisons to the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. In doing so, we found both good and bad, so let's start at the beginning. Since we really were not ... Read More
Our Sun cruise was our second this year so it is difficult not to make comparisons to the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. In doing so, we found both good and bad, so let's start at the beginning. Since we really were not planning a second cruise - until we found a great price - we went with an inside stateroom this time. That was certainly adequate for us, and it was convenient to everything. Rooms were larger on this cruise that on the RCI. When you go, don't forget your power strip and night light, especially if you have inside. There is only one plugin and an inside room gets very dark. Embarkation was smooth, although you still have the "cattle car" feel. We arrived at 11:30 and were on board by 12:15. Had a leisurely buffet lunch and bags were in the room by mid-afternoon. We really liked the freestyle concept for eating when you wanted to. The buffet was adequate, though not up to the variety and standard of the RCI cruise. We ate in the dining room most evenings, and a couple of lunches, but service is very slow there. We wanted to catch a 7:30 show so went in one night when they opened at 6:00. Had to leave at 7:30 without dessert. On the other hand, food was very good in the restaurants. Entertainment was okay, but not great. The comedian was excellent, but it went downhill from there, finally ending in a lowly pile at the bottom of the list with the cast shows. Very poor - or at least not my style. Don't miss the mystery murder dinner. That's new with them, is limited in participants and was great fun! We saw Cozumel before it was torn apart so this time we were not very excited to be there, but the tendering went well. In Belize, we scheduled snorkeling with Coral Breeze. That was a mistake! Wind was strong (which they cannot control), current was strong (which they can control by where they place you), and when we were supposed to feed the sharks they had nothing to feed them, so we couldn't get them to the area. Many people also complained about the mask being inadequate to seal water out. They require you to wear a life jacket in one area, but they use a chest jacket and instruct you to wear it around the waist. Not adequate for protecting you at all. If they want you to wear belts, they should provide them. Another boat in the area had a drowning that day so that also put a damper on it. On the other hand, in Roatan, we hired our own guide for the day and had a wonderful time! Theris Dixon (therisdixon@yahoo.com) had been driving tours for about three years. She is native to the island and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her because she allows you to determine what you want to do and how long you want to spend doing it. Had a great time with her and arranged it by email directly with her. Paid after the day was complete and all four of us felt it was the best part of the cruise. Weather was a little rough for some people on the return to Houston - leading edge of Gamma. Had 40 MPH winds and swells of 15-20 feet but the ship rode well. Debarkation was the easiest I've ever done. Also it was the first time I'd done express debarkation but that's the only way to go. Overall, a good time but we preferred RCI a little more - except for Theris! Read Less
Sail Date November 2005

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